Angelique Kerber vs. Mona Barthel, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

The 12th seeded Angelique Kerber comes up against compatriot Mona Barthel in the opening round of Roland Garros. Kerber’s recent record at Roland Garros has been horrible, consecutive opening round losses for Kerber in Paris means that she heads into this year’s event with nothing to lose. Clay is Barthel’s best surface and she has beaten Kerber a few times before, an upset seems plausible here.

Angelique Kerber of Germany practices at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Kerber has been extremely consistent in 2018, arguably the most consistent player on tour. Kerber has already reached 7 quarter-finals in 2018, including a solid quarter-final showing in Rome prior to arriving in Paris. Kerber claimed wins over Diyas, Begu and Sakkari in Rome before succumbing to eventual champion Elina Svitolina in straight sets.

Mona Barthel’s form heading into Roland Garros is far less impressive. Barthel was unable to get through the qualifying draw in both Madrid and Rome. Most recently Barthel actually put in great performance in Nuremburg where she was defeated by Kiki Bertens in 3 tough sets at the second round stage after beating Witthoeft in the opening round.

Kerber holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Barthel. It is Kerber has won the last two matches between the pair, 7-6 6-2 win at Roland Garros in 2013, more recently it was a 6-4 6-3 win for Kerber in Dubai last year. Barthel has beaten Kerber on two previous occasions, can she do it again here?

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Elina Svitolina vs Mona Barthel, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R2 Preview
🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

Elina Svitolina looms as one of the favourites to win this year’s BNP Paribas Open title. Svitolina is the form player on the tour right now having already won 2 titles this year. Svitolina will begin her Indian Wells campaign on Saturday with a second round clash against Germany’s Mona Barthel after the fourth seed received a bye through the opening round.

Svitolina has amassed a 14/2 win/loss record in 2018. The Ukrainian is full confidence right now and seemingly playing the best tennis of her career at the moment. Svitolina arrives in Indian Wells fresh off winning the Tie Break Tens competition in New York, Svitolina was dominant at that event, easily beating her 3 opponents. Svitolina’s most recent tour level event was in Dubai where she won her second title of the year.

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Svitolina does not have a great record in Indian Wells, her best result at the event is a couple of third round appearances in 2017 and 2015. In general, Svitolina has underachieved at the biggest events and is yet to win a premier mandatory title despite all of her recent success. Svitolina would be very keen to win either Indian Wells or Miami over the next month.

Mona Barthel booked her spot in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open courtesy of a commanding 6-2 6-1 win over Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Barthel is coming off a good week in Budapest where she upset the defending champion Timea Babos on route to the semi-final stage.

Svitolina heads into this match with a 3-1 H2H record over Barthel. The most recent match between the pair took place last year in Rome, Svitolina won that match 3-6 6-0 6-0.

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Mona Barthel, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(24) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

In an open draw, CoCo Vandeweghe looms as a dark horse at Wimbledon 2017. Vandeweghe has proven that grass is her most dangerous surface given her huge serve, flat groundstrokes and willingness to come to the net. Vandeweghe has also shown that she is capable at the Grand Slam level after making it all the way to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park earlier this year. Vandeweghe opens her 2017 Wimbledon on Tuesday against German Mona Barthel.

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Elina Svitolina vs Mona Barthel, Rome R3 Preview

Internazionali BNL d’Italia 🇮🇹 R3 Preview
(8) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (Q) 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

Mona Barthel enters her third round clash with Elina Svitolina in Rome on a 12-match winning streak. The German came through the qualifying draw to win the title in Prague a couple of weeks ago and has again successfully advanced through the qualifying draw in Rome. Barthel will face her biggest challenge of the last couple of weeks when she faces a determined Elina Svitolina for a place in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

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Angelique Kerber vs Mona Barthel, Dubai R2 Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R2 Preview:
🇩🇪 (1) Angelique Kerber vs 🇩🇪 (wc) Mona Barthel

Angelique Kerber will look to get her season back on track in Dubai after another disappointing early round exit in Doha last week. Kerber started the season as the world number 1 with the tennis world watching to see how she will handle the new pressures and expectations placed on her this season. Unfortunately, the answer has been that she has been unable to deal with it, amassing a modest 4-4 win/loss record to start 2017. Kerber should be desperate to avoid an upset loss to compatriot Mona Barthel in second round action on Tuesday in Dubai. Kerber could regain her number 1 ranking if she was to win the tournament this week.

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Venus Williams vs Mona Barthel, Australian Open R4 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺🐨 Fourth Round Match Preview
(13) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

Venus Williams continues to defy all odds, remaining extremely competitive at the biggest tournaments at the age of 36. Venus Williams is the most experienced player on tour, having competed in more Grand Slam events than anyone in the open era, Venus certainly makes the most of that vast experience. The American will come up against Mona Barthel at the fourth round stage on Sunday. Venus has been blessed with a very favourable draw at the first Grand Slam of the year, Venus will be keen to take full advantage and advance to the quarter-final stage.

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Ashleigh Barty vs Mona Barthel, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Third Round Match preview
(wc) 🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty vs (Q) 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

A huge opportunity to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time presents itself to Ashleigh Barty and Mona Barthel when they do battle at the third round stage on Rod Laver Arena on Friday night. Barty and Barthel are both playing some of their best tennis in recent times, both have advanced to the third round without dropping a set, both will see this match as a golden opportunity reach a new high at the Grand Slam level. It will be interesting to see who can keep their head in what should be a nervy affair given what is on the line.

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Monica Puig vs Mona Barthel, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Second Round Match preview
(29) 🇵🇷 Monica Puig vs (Q) 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

There are higher expectations on Monica Puig heading into 2017 after her gold medal heroics at the Rio Olympic games last year. The Puerto Rican made a commanding start to her Australian Open campaign on Monday as she looks to reach the second week at Melbourne Park for the very first time. Puig comes up against Mona Barthel in the second round, a potentially dangerous opponent having already won four matches at Melbourne Park after making her way through the qualifying draw.

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Varvara Lepchenko vs Mona Barthel, Stanford QF Preview

Stanford QF: Varvara Lepchenko vs Mona Barthel

Surprise quarter-finalists Varvara Lepchenko and Mona Barthel will go head to head for a place in the semi-finals at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Both ladies will feel like this is a massive opportunity to reach the semifinals of a premier level event.

After reaching the semi-finals in Stanford last year, Varvara Lepchenko has continued her impressive record at the Bank of the West Classic. The American entered this event on the back of 6 straight defeats but has really turned things around. Lepchenko survived an extremely tight opening round battle with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, before picking up her first top 10 victory of the year with a 6-4 6-2 triumph over an injury hampered Caroline Wozniacki.

 

Mona Barthel has kicked off her 2015 U.S Open series in style, advancing to the quarter-finals in Stanford with an extremely hard-fought 5-7 6-2 7-6 victory over compatriot Andrea Petkovic. Barthel played superb tennis in the final set tiebreaker, outlasting Petkovic in a gruelling encounter. Mona’s victory over Petkovic was arguably her greatest win this year, her only other major win came against Eugenie Bouchard in Antwerp.

Lepchenko and Barthel have met on two previous occasions, the head to head record is split at one win apiece. Their most recent encounter took place at last year’s U.S Open, Lepchenko recorded a comfortable 6-4 6-0 second round victory.

 

This is another tough match to call, both Mona and Varvara are very inconsistent, anything could happen in this one. Nerves could become a real factor, whoever is able to handle the occasion better will be in the drivers seat. I have to give the slight edge to Lepchenko courtesy of her strong recent performances in Stanford.

Prediction: Varvara Lepchenko to defeat Mona Barthel in 3 sets

2015 Bank of the West Classic Stanford, Tournament Preview

2015 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford - Tournament Preview

After three weeks of random international events around the globe, the tour heats right back up with the beginning of the 2015 U.S Open Series. The Bank of the West Classic in Stanford is the first of four premier level events in the lead up to the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. This is always one of the most exciting periods of the season.

The Bank of the West Classic has once again attracted a reasonably strong field, 8 top 20 players will be in action in Stanford this week. However defending champion Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the event with a right elbow injury, a major blow for the tournament. Late wild cards, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will now enter the tournament as the top two seeds.

 

A new champion will be crowned this week in Stanford, there are no former champions in the draw. Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber are the only two ladies to have reached the final.

The first quarter of the draw is headlined by the number one seed, Caroline Wozniacki. Surprisingly, this will be the Dane’s first ever appearance in Stanford. Caroline’s quarter of the draw is littered with dangerous opponents. The world number 5 will receive a bye into the second round where she will face either Mirjana Lucic-Baroni or Varvara Lepchenko, two potentially dangerous first up opponents.

Caroline is projected to meet Andrea Petkovic in the quarter-finals. The German faces a tough opening round challenge, coming up against compatriot Carina Witthoeft. A second round clash with Mona Barthel is likely to await the winner. The quarter-final clash between Caroline and Andrea seems likely.

 

Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys are the two seeded players in the second quarter of the draw. Both ladies are right in the mix to reach the WTA Finals for the first time. Pliskova will receive a bye into the second round where she is likely to run into Sabine Lisicki in what would be an exciting second round match-up.

1st Half Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki def. Sabine Lisicki 

Madison Keys plays Aleksandra Krunic in the first round and could come up against Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round. A tricky draw for the American.

The third quarter of the draw features Carla Suarez Navarro and Elina Svitolina. Suarez Navarro has been one of the most consistent performers this year and is also on track to reach the WTA finals for the first time in her career. This is another great opportunity for Carla to pick up some more points, Carla receives a bye into the second round before facing either Alison Riske or Tatjana Maria for a spot the final 8.

 

Elina Svitolina is one to watch out for during the US Open series. Elina faces a qualifier in the opening round before a potential showdown with fellow rising start Caroline Garcia in the second round.

The final quarter of the draw is arguably the strongest as it features two of the tournament favourites, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber. Radwanska should cruise into the final 8, the Pole receives a bye into the second round where she will face either CiCi Bellis or a qualifier.

Angelique Kerber’s passage to the final 8 will be a little more difficult, the German faces Daria Gavrilova in a tough opening round matchup before a potential clash with Ana Konjuh in the second round. Aga and Angie are both quite experienced in Stanford and should set up a mouth-watering quarter-final match-up.

2nd Half Prediction: Aga Radwanska def. Carla Suarez Navarro

 

Caroline Wozniacki and Aga Radwanska aren't the strongest and most ruthless top seeds, but I fancy both to reach the final. Wozniacki’s biggest threat is likely to come in the semi-finals against either Madison Keys, Sabine Lisicki or Karolina Pliskova. The Dane has always performed well on the North American hard courts and things shouldn't be any different here. Whilst Aga’s biggest threat is clearly Angelique Kerber, I would give Aga the slight edge given her positive record over Angie.

Final Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Caroline Wozniacki